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Biography

Japanese American, Brooks Thon, is Associate Professor of Clarinet at Aichi Fine Arts University, Japan’s premiere school for the arts. Prior to this appointment, he was Principal Clarinet of the Osaka Philharmonic (ret.), while holding faculty positions at the National Education University, Osaka and Soai University.

Throughout his diverse career, Brooks has performed as Guest Principal with numerous orchestras in Japan, in addition to being a frequent soloist, chamber musician and educator throughout much of Asia, with guest faculty appointments in China, Taiwan and Korea. He has toured Europe as a concerto soloist (both clarinet and piano) with several respected orchestras and chamber ensembles. As an educator, his students have gone on to study abroad at Oberlin Conservatory and Indiana University, while also having students attend respected institutions of higher learning in Japan.

Having begun his training as a concert pianist, Brooks attended the Interlochen Arts Academy, majoring in clarinet as a student of Richard Hawkins, as well as in piano. Brooks went on to earn two undergraduate performance degrees in piano and clarinet at the University of Michigan, the later as a student of Fred Ormand. Continuing his double degree studies, Brooks earned two Master of Music degrees in piano and clarinet from DePaul University, the later as a clarinet student Larry Combs.

Moving to Japan to attend the renowned Toho Orchestra Academy, Brooks settled in Osaka, performing with the Osaka Philharmonic before assuming the Principal chair in 2003. He is fluent in both English and Japanese.

Aside from his performing and academic accomplishments, Brooks is a competitive table tennis (ping pong) player. He trains and competes with several clubs throughout Japan.

Brooks Thon is a Backun Artist, performing on MoBa Cocobolo Bb and A Clarinets. He is also a Legere Artist and performs on a Richard Hawkins G model mouthpiece.



Products Used

Fit and Sizing

Barrels

FIT BRANDS
Standard Backun, Buffet, Selmer (USA, Centered Tone, 10G, Series 9), Yamaha, and most other brands
Standard Plus As above, larger bore for more free blowing feel

Selmer Paris

Selmer Paris (Not including Selmer USA, 10G, Series 9)

Yamaha CSG

Yamaha CSG I, II and III

 

Bells

FIT BRANDS
Standard Backun, Buffet, Selmer (USA, Centered Tone, 10G, Series 9), Yamaha (including CSG), and most other brands
Selmer Paris Selmer Paris (Not including Selmer USA, 10G, Series 9)

Vocalise Bb Mouthpieces

MODEL MATERIAL OPENING FACING LENGTH COMPARES TO
R Hard Rod Rubber Close Short M13/15
G Hard Rod Rubber Medium Medium 5RV/M30/BD5
H Hard Rod Rubber Open Long B40/B45
CG Proprietary Synthetic Open Long BD4/B40
Z Hard Rod Rubber Extreme Open Long BD7

CG Crystal Bb Mouthpieces

MODEL TABLE OPENING FACING LENGTH
CG Crystal
Matte 1.19 mm Medium Long
CG Crystal Plus Glossy 1.19 mm Medium Long

CG Crystal Bass Mouthpieces

MODEL TABLE OPENING FACING LENGTH
CG Crystal Matte Finish 1.80 mm 24 mm
CG Crystal Plus Glossy Finish 1.80 mm 24 mm

CG Crystal Eb Mouthpieces

MODEL TABLE OPENING FACING LENGTH
CG Crystal Matte Finish 1.19 mm 16.5 mm
CG Crystal Plus Glossy Finish 1.19 mm 16.5 mm

 

 

Alpha Mouthpieces

MODEL MATERIAL OPENING FACING LENGTH COMPARES TO
Bb Plastic Medium Medium 5RV Lyre
Bass Plastic Medium Medium 5RV Lyre